Battle Section Updates
This thread serves as a record for any updates to the Battle Section.
Started 4/12/2019
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URPG April Battle Update

Hello everyone! In the interest of transparency, as well as involving members of the battle section more, we've instituted this changelog to be the roadmap of things we're planning as well as things that have changed!

Novice League is coming soon!

In the next 48 hours, the Novice League will hit the URPG Infohub. Bear with us as we edit any forum and Infohub threads! Once the announcement is made, the Novice League will be open for applications!

Changes to Gym/Tourney Pay

Gym Pay is changing to increase for everyone, including the referee, once Novice League releases. The new payouts will be:

Winner / Loser / Referee

3v3: $2,500 / $1,500 / $2,500
4v4: $3,500 / $2,000 / $3,000
5v5: $4,500 / $2,500 / $3,500
6v6: $6,000 / $3,500 / $5,000

We feel this sets gyms aside from E4/Champion pay still, while providing a stronger incentive to get your gym battles in! This will apply to both Advanced and Novice League gyms, as well as Battle Frontier and Legend Defender.

Additionally, we're standardizing all further Tourney Payouts to be the new gym payouts. We felt that refs weren't properly incentivized to ref tourneys, and felt that there should be some uniformity in payouts.

Legendaries in the Elite Four/Champion battles

Effective when the Novice League releases, Legendaries will be banned from Elite Four and Champion battles. If the E4/Champ in question and the challenger both wish for Legendaries to be turned back on for a single battle, they may consult a Senior Referee.

What's Coming Next

To offer you all a glimpse of what we're working on, we have a few things coming up that we're excited to bring to URPG! These include:

-A July battle event, which at the moment is a WIP based off of an idea by our own evanfardreamer!
-A small rework to the Battle Frontier in terms of replayability, overall engagement, and rewards.
-(Tentative) a new Tournament!
-A look at Battle Royals, and what we can do to make them more appealing.
-Working with Dungeons to help release the project, which has recently seen a change in leadership!

New and Old, Senior Ref staff changes

A bit late, but Gold is now a Senior Referee!

Additionally, Elrond has stepped down from the role. We wish him well on his future endeavors, and thank him for his service!

How can we do better?

We'll be running a poll for the remainder of April on ways we can improve or initiatives we can run. Feel free to respond to the poll here.

That's all from us!

Thank you everyone for making the Battle section what it is, and we look forward to serving you in the months to come.
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